In a recent Singaporean case, AMC Live Group China Pte Ltd (“AMC Live”) successfully used the “Own Name Defence” in response to infringement proceedings. The plaintiff, The Audience Motivation Company Asia Pte Ltd (“AMC Asia”) claimed that the defendant, AMC Live, had infringed two of its registered trademarks and also brought a claim against them for passing off.
The Goods and Services Tax Act 2014 came into force in Malaysia on 1 April 2015, bringing with it some good news and some not-so-good news.
The GOOD News
The Goods and Services Tax (“GST”) will replace the Service Tax that was already in place in the service industry. Fortunately, the GST is 6% which is identical to the 6% Service Tax that was imposed on our professional fees previously.
The NOT-SO-GOOD News
The GST now imposes 6% on certain disbursements incurred as well. The previous Service Tax was not imposed on disbursements.
St. John Ambulance has been providing humanitarian and charitable services in Malaysia since 1908. These everyday heroes render emergency assistance and aid to the sick and wounded, provide first aid standby and training, a hemodialysis service, and countless other community services. But who is looking after St. John?
The Intellectual Property Corporation of Malaysia (MyIPO) is planning to revise its patent and trademark fees this year, and this revision will most likely take effect in the second quarter of 2015.
The proposal sees a general fee increase across the board, ranging between 5% – 50% with most changes at the higher end of the range.
So if you have any intellectual property that you intend to seek protection for, whether in terms of patents, utility innovations or trademarks, it would be wise to do so without delay! Contact us today at firstname.lastname@example.org for advice or assistance.
By Carola Monintja
In this 21st century, globalization is part of our life. Our daily needs are no longer solely food, clothes, and shelter, but also information. Why do I say that? Well, when was the last time you read the newspapers, watched TV, listened to the radio or surfed the internet? All these forms of media are obvious sources of information.
With the advent of the internet and superfast download speeds, information can be acquired easily, and this in turn brought upon the rapid growth of media development in Indonesia. Now you can find roughly 54 TV stations (including local and cable), many internet service providers (including telecommunications companies who provide internet services via mobile phones), various forms of printed media (newspapers, magazine, tabloids, etc.)… it’s no wonder that building a media business sounds so promising.
The Intellectual Property Corporation of Malaysia (MyIPO) and Japan Patent Office (JPO) recently initiated the Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) Pilot Program on 1st October 2014, for a three-year trial period. The PPH is a program which expedites the examination process of corresponding patent applications filed in the countries involved. The PPH allows a corresponding patent application – where the claims have been determined as patentable by a First Patent Office – to be used as a basis for expediting the patent application at a Second Patent Office.
Copyright is an Intellectual Property (IP) right with protection that is considerably extensive, covering works in the realm of science (think software), arts, and literature.
As Indonesia heads towards becoming a creative economy, and experiences a rapid growth in Information and Communications Technology with the rise of the digital age, the Indonesian Government saw the need to update the Copyright Law in line with the times, to provide adequate protection and enforcement for existing and new types of copyrightable works. Thus, the latest draft of the Bill of Copyright was recently passed by the House of Representatives on 16 September 2014, to replace Law no. 19 of 2002 re. Copyright.
By Carla Monintja
Human history shows that teachings are more easily absorbed if done through stories.
It is no wonder then that our ancestors created the wayang as their teaching media. In ancient times wayang was widely used for teaching the good and bad values in life. Good was usually represented by the characters of Rama and Gatotkaca, while bad was represented by the characters of Rahwana and Kurawa.
Wayang means “puppet” in Bahasa Indonesia. Puppets in Indonesia have traditionally been made of leather and modeled after characters in the Ramayana and Mahabarata stories.
By P. Kandiah and Joel Cheong
It is now the month of Ramadhan, and what follows the end of this holy fasting month is the Muslim celebration of Eid al-Fitr. In shopping malls around the country, festive decorations and music help set the mood while retail outlets proudly display their wares to those who pass by. The retail outlets employ transparent roller shutters that allow the merchandise to be displayed even when the outlet is closed. These transparent roller shutters were the subject matter of a patent infringement suit between two manufacturers and retailers of roller shutters recently.
SKB Shutters Manufacturing Sdn Bhd (“SKB”), the owner of Malaysian Patent No. MY-128431-A (“SKB patent”) initiated patent infringement proceedings against its competitor, Seng Kong Shutter Industries Sdn Bhd (“Seng Kong”).
By Megha Anand
While the liberal west has gotten more stringent with inventions in the ICT domain, the good news is that the east is embracing ICT inventions with open arms. The Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) recently amended its Patent Examination Guidelines for Computer Software Inventions, thereby expanding the scope of protection for software inventions.